Dec 2010 - Jan 2011: Mr. Natural No More

Wed, 2010-12-01
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Natural coffee sounds good, right? Who wants un-natural coffee? Of course, by “natural” we are talking about dry processed coffees, as opposed to wet processed or washed coffee. I'll be honest; over time I have begun to shy away from fruity naturals quite severely. The questions I ask when cupping them are: is the cup sweet? Is it a clean or a dirty fruit flavor? and will it last? (I mean will the fruit notes fade in a couple months and the cup just taste earthy and dull?) If the latter is true, then I am not doing anyone a favor by offering a coffee like that.

July - Aug 2001: An Excellent Cup of Fair Coffee, A Foreign Matter, Malabar Gold Shipments from Late ‘00, Coffee Buying Tips

Sun, 2001-07-01

An Excellent Cup of Fair Coffee
I gave a little phone interview last week to an AP reporter about the current state of the coffee market (exactly why she called a small-fry like me, I am not sure). I tried to explain why the coffee market is hurting farmers, and I listed what I consider 4 of the biggest problems in order of importance:

• There are way too many coffee farmers in the world and too much coffee on the market… too much bad coffee, that is…
• Vietnam and Brazil flood the market with low-quality, low-price coffee;

Jan - Feb 2003: Brazil-O-Rama

Wed, 2003-01-01

Brazil - O - Rama
Known more as the reigning giant of coffee production for the past 100 years, Brazil has changed its tune recently. With the serious challenge for low-price, low-grade coffee being entered by Vietnam, Brazil has begun to emphasize quality coffees from distinct micro-regions and smaller farms. Brazil still produces more coffee, arabica and robusta combined, than any other nation on earth. But producers are learning that coffee drinkers don't buy coffee because it was the cheapest to produce. They buy it because it of cup quality.

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